Scarborough Athletic manager Steve Kittrick says he is already aiming to challenge for promotion in the near future.

Kittrick almost saw his side win the Integro Doodson League Cup, but they lost late to Marine, the boss admitted it was a tough defeat to take: “It was very frustrating, we only had 11 fit to start with, we conceded in the 86th minute after having a player sent off before that I thought we did enough to win it, but credit to Marine their substitutions safcworked, they scored their winner right at the end and in football you sometimes don’t get what you deserve.”

Kittrick entered the club at the start of 2016, and admitted he had to make alterations to ensure they stayed up and is now looking higher up the table: “When you come into a club, you make changes, we became hard to beat at times, we had one recognized striker, we’ve had to throw players into different positions, so they deserve credit, I thought the run we had would end, we’ve had 14 players and it’s hard to keep that going.”

“We’ve got changes to make, we aim to be professional, from when we get to the ground at 1:30 until we leave on the day, we have a good set of fans and I think the board will aim for promotion, they will want to be in the National League North in the next two or three years, but we have to be careful with the spending and ensure every penny is spent correctly.”

“We finished on Friday, we have no one on contract, I would like to change that, but it’s down to finance, we will give youngsters a chance again and we have to push on and build for next season.”

The Scarborough boss was present to watch his former side Guiseley complete a dramatic last day escape, he said it was interested to be their as a spectator: “It was amusing, watching the body language of the fans, they deserved to be in the lead and then watching their reaction when Halifax took the lead. I thought Torquay did well in the second half, with it going right down to the wire and Guiseley will have taken lessons from this and will use it for the next year.”

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